Child support is an important aspect of any divorce case involving minor children. In Florida, child support is designed to ensure that both parents contribute to their child’s financial needs. Here are some key points:
Calculation of Child Support in Florida
Child support in Florida is calculated using the state’s specific formula. This calculation takes into account each parent’s income, the number of minor children, health insurance costs, childcare costs, and the percentage of time sharing between each parent. You can access Florida’s Child Support Guidelines Worksheet here.
Duration of Child Support in Florida
Generally, child support continues until a child turns 18, graduates from high school if they’re still enrolled by their 18th birthday (but not beyond age 19), becomes emancipated, marries, joins the armed forces, or passes away.
Changes to Child Support in Florida
Once set, child support can be modified if there is a substantial change in circumstances. For example, if the paying parent loses their job or if the child’s needs significantly change, the court may adjust the amount of child support. We also handle Modification of Final Judgments.
Enforcement of Child Support in Florida
Child support is a court order, and failure to pay can result in serious consequences, such as wage garnishment, suspension of driver’s license, or even jail time.
Use of Child Support in Florida
Child support is intended to cover a child’s basic needs, including housing, food, clothing, education, and health care. It can also be used to cover additional expenses such as extracurricular activities and childcare.
Please remember that every situation is unique, and this overview is intended as a general guide. For a precise understanding and calculation of child support in your case, we strongly encourage you to reach out to us.